By balancing Calories in small ways that add up to large benefits, you could actually learn some tricks naturally lean people do. Pick the ones that suit you, stick to them, and you will slim down and tone up – for good.
50. Work Out When You Wake up: Burn 10 Calories
As soon as your eyes open, sit up slowly without the use of your hands.
Stretch your legs out, lean forward until you feel a gentle stretch in your back and your hamstrings. Hold that position; then, use your abs to lower yourself flat. Rest. Do the same thing two more times. This will strengthen your core.
49. Go for the Grains: Save 100 Calories
If you’re not ready for cereals made out of twigs and rocks, consider sprinkling on a few tablespoons of wheat germ or oat bran to a healthy cereal you already have.
Try working up to ¾ cup of low-sugar, whole-grain cereal with at least three grams of fiber per serving. You will end up passing on that Danish.
48. Pick Something with Protein for Breakfast: Saves 200 (or more) Calories
If you eat more earlier on, you will eat less as the day wears on.
Consider adding a hard-boiled egg or a part-skim mozzarella cheese stick after your cereal to keep you feeling full. Stay away from that pre-lunch brownie.
47. Balance While You Brush
Consider standing on one leg while you brush your teeth.
Alternate legs as you switch mouth quadrants, or every 30 seconds. You can develop your core muscles and it could even be good for your brain.
46. Be a Ballerina: Burn 10 Calories
While making your coffee, try standing sideways, put one of your hands on the counter, and life your outside leg straight out in front of you, and keep it extended.
Keep your upper body straight and hold for a few seconds. Alternate sides and extend it behind you. Try doing it 5-10 times on each leg to tone outer thighs, hip flexors, and quadriceps.
45. Lighten Up Your Coffee: Save 60 Calories
Consider pouring 2% milk in your coffee rather than that 1/3 cup of half-and-half.
Half-and-half carries about 105 Calories!
44. Better Your Bagel: Save 300 Calories
Instead of walking the 10,000 steps it takes to justify your 500-calorie bagel with cream cheese, consider spreading a low-fat cheese like Laughing Cow Light on an English muffin.
43. Tone in Traffic: Burn 10 Calories
Use all the time you have available. When you’re spending time bumper-to-bumper, try developing your buns of steel!
Squeeze those buns each time you tap the brake and hold for 10 seconds. Try to get 10 to 15 butt squeezes per trip.
42. Snack Smarter: Save 175 Calories
Portion your snacks throughout the day to pint-size zip bags. You could also try buying single serving portions.
Take Oreos, for example. Four regular Oreos have 200 Calories, but the snack bag version only has 100!
41. Dress Casually for the Day: Burn 25 Calories
You can burn more Calories throughout your day by wearing comfortable clothes like jeans or khakis, and soft-soled shoes than wearing constricting suits, skirts, and heels.
Wearing comfy clothes causes you to walk more.
40. Squat Instead of Sitting: Burn 15 Calories
Consider this, while at your desk, pretend you’re going to sit, but don’t!
Stop and come back up without using your arms. Be sure to lower your hips when squatting, don’t bend your knees forward, and keep your weight on your heels. If you repeat this motion throughout your day you could burn 15-20 Calories.
39. Switch Your Soda: Save 300 Calories
Calories from liquids are not registered the same way as foods. You don’t get those “stop eating” signals that help you compensate for the overload later on.
Consider changing from two glasses of regular soda or fruit juice to water or a flavored seltzer.
38. Burn While You Talk: Burn 50 (or more) Calories
Consider pacing around when you’re on the phone.
The average heavy person sits two and a half hours more per day than thin people.
37. Pick a Pita for Lunch: Save 70 Calories
Instead of using bread on your sandwich, use one mini whole-wheat pita.
Another option: make it a wrap with a tortilla or skip the outside altogether and make it a salad or meat and cheese roll ups!
36. Get Up and Get Face Time: Burn 100 Calories
Instead of using email, pick one or two of the colleagues sitting farthest from you and deliver 10 of those daily messages in person.
Consider hitting a copier or a bathroom on a different floor and take the stairs.
35. Pause from Your Papers
Try taking a break every now and then and doing a few wall push-ups.
Place your hands wide at shoulder height against the wall. Take a couple of steps back so your body has a slight angle and your weight is on your toes. Do 3-4 sets of 10 push-ups. This will strengthen your chest and your triceps.
34. Add an Apple (or more) a day (Save 100 Calories)
Apples are jam packed with fiber and water. Your stomach will want less after eating a nice delicious apple. Studies have shown that people who eat at least three apples or pears a day lose weight.
Consider trading in two large cookies for two small apples.
33. Firm After You File: Burn 20 Calories
Consider these simple workouts you can do on your chair.
DIPS: If you have a chair with wheels, brace the chair against something. Face forward, place your palms on the front edge of the seat with your knees bent at a right angle. Lower your butt toward the floor; raise and repeat for two sets of 10. It will tone your triceps. LIFTS: Sit in a chair your back straight and your feet on the floor, squeeze knees together and gently bring them toward your chest. Do two sets of 10. This will strengthen your abdominals.
32. Wear Some Weight: Burn 20 Calories (for an hour of errands)
Next time you’re grocery shopping or just out doing errands, wear a backpack with a 5-or-10-pound bag of sugar inside of it to increase your resistance and burn some Calories.
You can add purchases to your load as it becomes easier for you.
31. Tweak Your Treat: Save 340 Calories
This one is simple. Try something like a nonfat latte and a small low-fat raisin or carrot muffin instead of your usual large latte and chocolate muffin.
30. Get Active at the Gas Station: Burn 10 Calories
I know we all want to fume over the outrageous gas prices, but consider firming your calves instead.
Place one hand on your vehicle, stand on the balls of your feet and slowly rise up and down for as long as it takes you to fill your tank. It may take 50 rises if you drive an SUV!
29. Pat Down Your Pizza: Save 50 to 100 Calories
By patting down your slice of pizza with a napkin, you could cut a teaspoon to a tablespoon of grease and Calories!
28. Shop till The Pounds Drop: Burn 60 Calories
Next time you’re out shopping at the mall, try on at least 10 outfits, both pants and shirts.
Buying them is up to you!
27. Make Your Meals Mini: Save 390 Calories
According to some experts, eating six healthy small meals a day can help reduce your blood sugar swings and curbs your hunger. This means you won’t overeat at any particular meal.
If you prefer to keep your three-meal diet, make sure to pick smaller portion sizes.
26. Relax and Recharge: Burn 5 Calories
Next time you’re waiting in line, try standing evenly on your feet, clasping hands behind your back and squeezing your shoulder blades together to open your chest. This is an energizing yoga-based move that stimulates the nervous system.
Hold this pose for 10 to 20 seconds while slowly breathing in and out. Make sure you take longer to inhale.
25. Jog for Junk Mail: Burn 35 to 140 Calories
You can turn all that clutter into a challenge.
Every time you receive junk mail from the mailbox, do one lap around your house or building, or even up and down a flight of stairs.
24. Better Your Butter: Save 30 Calories
We’re not saying give up the real deal, just try to use a tablespoon of whipped instead of stick butter to cut half the Calories out.
23. Stop on the Stairs: Burn 10 Calories
For calf toners, try to stop and stand on the bottom step before lugging those backpacks upstairs.
Hold on to the banister with one hand. Bend your right leg and place the toes of your left foot on the edge of the step. Drop your heel down, press into the ball of your left foot ad rise to your toes. Pause; repeat the process with each foot for 8 to 12 repetitions.
22. Start with Soup: Save 100 Calories
Next time you’re out, trade your salad soaked with full-fat ranch and order a clear soup instead. You can save twice the Calories.
This will also help you feel fuller, so you won’t want to eat as much when the entrée comes.
21. Sculpt While You Sit: Burn 10 Calories
Once you’ve finished your dinner, extend your right leg out and slowly bend it up and down, squeezing and holding in the up portion for at least five seconds while you’re sitting at the table. Repeat this on each leg five times. It will sculpt your quadriceps.
20. Perfect Your Pasta: Save 400 Calories
Next time you’re cooking up a delicious pasta dish, try substituting pasta noodles for zucchini noodles.
You’ll still have the feeling of indulging in carbs for a fraction of the Calories.
19. Climb to Cut Calories: Burn 100-140 Calories
If you take the stairs for a total of just two minutes, five days a week, you can have the same calorie-burning results as you would in a 20-minute walk.
18. Fill Up with Fruit: Save 275 Calories
If you love pie, you can curb the craving with the following recipe:
Sprinkle fresh fruit (cut up apple, pear, or cherries) with some Splenda or Equal, cover and nuke for a minute or so. It will taste exactly like pie filling.
17. Ditch Heavy Desserts: Save 70 Calories
If you’re in need of a dessert for a special occasion, pick up an angel food cake.
They’re packed with air and have less than half the Calories of, for example, pound cake.
16. Switch to Sugar-Free: Save 185 Calories
Are you a chocolate lover?
Get your fix with a sugar-free, reduced calorie Jell-O chocolate pudding snack. Squirt some nonfat whipped topping and savor it by eating it with a baby spoon.
15. Ease into Evening: Burn 5 Calories
Sit with your feet uncrossed and grab your wrist, raise your hands above your head. This will lengthen your spine. Take a deep breath in as you reach and hold this position.
Breathe slowly for about 20 seconds and make sure you take longer to exhale. Relax instantly.
14. Crunch for your Clicker: Burn 24 Calories
The average duration of commercials during a show is 8 minutes. Consider making the reach for the remote worth something:
Place the remote out of your reach on the coffee table or, if you’re lying down, on the opposite arm of the couch. Now every time commercials come on, crunch until the show comes back on. You could reach up to 100 crunches.
13. Lift While Your Lie: Burn 10 Calories
Before heading to bed, lie on your back on the floor with your legs up on the edge of the bed or a chair.
Bend your knees slowly and lift your hips off the floor. Hold this position for about five seconds, relax and repeat about 11 times. This will firm up your hamstrings and your core.
12. Sing a Song: Burn 70 Calories
Consider spending your next Sunday morning belting out in the church choir, or just in the car!
11. Bring on the Bacon: Save 90 Calories
That’s right! I said bacon! Next time you’re out at the diner, forget about the two sausage links and order three slices of crisp bacon instead.
Just make sure you pat off the extra grease!
10. Get Up During the Game: Burn 75 Calories
Next time you’re at a sporting event, get up from the bleachers and take a lap around the gym or field every quarter.
It’s typically about a mile if you do it four or five times.
9. Make Choices at the Movie: Save 350 Calories
Next time you go to the movies, make sure you only order a small popcorn and skip the butter. The majority of people will eat 45% more popcorn from the large containers and adding butter adds more Calories to the popcorn.
Consider bringing your own seasoned salt or Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
8. Resist at Restaurants: Save 400-500 Calories
Try to avoid anything fried or crispy next time you go out.
Next time you order Chinese, make sure you avoid anything named General Tso and only eat the filling of the egg roll and not the shell.
7. Add Fun Activities: Burn 90 Calories
Try to spend at least half an hour tossing a ball or Frisbee with your kid (or dog!).
6. Omit from Your Order: Save 100 Calories
Next time you order pizza, try to order something with half the cheese or even cheese-less. Instead, sprinkle a few tablespoons of Parmesan.
5. Have a Hot Dog: Saves 250 Calories
As long as you skip the cheese, chili, and any other unhealthy condiments like ketchup, you can enjoy a hot dog. Make sure you pile on pickles, onions, and sauerkraut.
These foods are packed with fiber and will fill you up, which will prevent you from eating a second hot dog.
4. Think About Your Drink: Save 150 to 200 Calories
Try to avoid frozen drinks. Instead, drink beer or wine. A glass of beer usually has about 100 Calories and a serving of wine has around 126.
Strawberry daiquiris have 300 and margaritas have 340.
3. Fix Your Fries: Save 60 Calories
Consider trading off your fries for an order of onion rings (eight to nine rings).
2. Scream for Sorbet: Save 125 Calories
Instead of chocolate ice cream, consider indulging in chocolate or fruit sorbet.
1. Switch-out the Bedtime Snack: Burn 300 Calories
Next time you crave a bowl of ice cream for a bedtime snack, consider snuggling with your spouse instead.
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